RENEWING THE PRESBYTERY: LISTENING TO COMMISSIONED RULING ELDERS

Full Title
RENEWING THE PRESBYTERY: LISTENING TO COMMISSIONED RULING ELDERS
Author
Samuel Lapsley Pendergrast D.Min.
Abstract
In Utica Presbytery we have eleven Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) serving twelve congregations out of thirty in the presbytery. I interviewed twelve CREs who are currently serving or who have served as pastors to learn about their experience and how they evaluate their work, training, and relationship with colleagues in the presbytery. The interview results were categorized, then the group of CREs discussed the results. We developed recommendations for the presbytery in a variety of areas. In the report I interpret the results in light of pastoral theology and the history of ordination. Questions for further study emerge concerning the difference between seminary-trained pastors and commissioned elders, presbytery mission strategy for using CREs, and contextual theological education.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Susan R Garrett Ph.D.
Shannon Craigo-Snell Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2019
Number of Pages
93
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